Monday, July 9, 2018

Principal's Comment


Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Thank you to the Home and School Committee and Staff for your contribution to a superbly run Formal Ball last Saturday. It was a privilege for Sandra and I  to share the occasion with our seniors. There are a number of stunning pictures later in the blog that give a glimpse of the event.

Congratulations to the sporting teams that have played this week against teams from Waitaki Boys' and Girls'. I have been impressed by the commitment and fair play that has been demonstrated by our teams. Thank you to coaches and managers for your support during the week.

Today we hosted members of the 1968 and 1988 First XV Rugby teams. Mr Terry Stapleton QC, (Lock forward 1968) and Mr Chris Flannery (Captain 1988) spoke at our Friday assembly, encouraging today's students to make the most of the opportunities available at the College. Today's annual Waitaki Interschool was a resulted in a close 19-12 win to St Kevin's. It was great to see the enthusiasm, passion and spirit that both teams and their supporters showed both on the day and throughout the week-long competition. Thank you also to Waitaki Boys' for hosting the event.

As today is the last day of the term, I will everyone safe travel and a productive holiday. We look forward to seeing the students back on Monday 23rd of July. I would like to encourage caregiver's to ensure any uniform repairs are undertaken during the break so our students look their best at the start of the new term.

May God bless you all

Paul Olsen, Principal

1968 and 1988 Rugby 1st XV Reunions

It was a pleasure to host members of the 1968 and 1988 Rugby 1st XV as they gathered for the Waitaki match.  Mr Terry Stapleton QC, former 1st XV lock forward 1968 and Mr Chris Flannery, 1988 captain both addressed the school at the assembly.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

NCEA Review

As you may be aware, the Minister of Education has initiated a review of  NCEA which has been the cornerstone of national assessment for since 2002. At St Kevin's, we have almost 100% of our students leaving with Level 1 NCEA and over 85% leave with NCEA Level 2. Nationally, there is a conversation within education circles questioning the relevance of Level 1, given that the Ministry have indicated that Level 2 is the minimum leaving qualification. Secondly, New Zealand is one of the only countries with three levels of school qualifications.

Some possible compromises have been put forward by Minister Hipkins, which reduced the number of Credits required for NCEA Level 1 with a focus on Literacy and Numeracy together with credits for an extended project. As a principal, I am supportive of any moves to balance the student and staff assessment load by taking the emphasis from assessment to teaching and learning. With respect to learning and assessment, the old adage holds true - "weighing the pig more often doesn't fatten it any faster". I am keen to see our staff focusing on quality teaching rather than being tied to constant assessment. Students also need to have opportunities to engage in deeper learning rather than being under constant assessment pressure.

One of the issues that I have with the review is that we are having an assessment conversation before we have a curriculum conversation. It concerns me that this is the wrong way around. Assessment should not drive what we are teaching. As a country, firstly, we need to agree on what we want our students to learn to prepare them for a rapidly changing future.

If you would like to have your say about how NCEA should be shaped, join the conversation at conversation.education.govt.nz. #NCEAHaveYourSay #NCEAReview #EdConvo18

Friday, July 6, 2018

Waitaki Week 2018: SKC victorious over WBHS


It has been a thrilling week of competition with our St Kevin's College sporting teams competing against Waitaki Girls' and Waitaki Boys High Schools for the annual Waitaki Week.

The competition kicked off on Sunday evening with a Volleyball match between SKC staff and members of the Oamaru Police. SKC kicked butt, scoring 5-nil.

Our Netball, Basketball, Hockey, Football, Rugby, Badminton, Trapshooting and Ten Pin Bowling teams competed at various locations throughout the week.  Congratulations to everyone who participated and thank you to Mrs Clapperton and Mr Smith for helping to facilitate the games on behalf of the College!

The week ended with an incredible blood match - 1st XV Rugby SKC vs WBHS. Despite the rain and the mud, SKC played fantastically and were victorious, winning 19 - 12. What a fabulous effort!

Click here to view some more photos of the week from our student photographers and staff.

Click here to view more photos of the 1st XV blood match against WBHS from student photographer Isaac and staff.

Investigations in Social Studies



9C have been investigating and comparing evidence for the geographical origin of Polynesians; Asia or South America in Social Studies. Lester Cavinta has made a fantastic model of Thor Heyerdahl’s 1947 Kon-Tiki raft. Great job!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Equestrian Interschool

We have received some images from the term two inter-school event for the Equestrian girls held at Palmerston on Saturday 14th. The College had two teams: SKC Red and SKC Blue.
Congratulations to SKC Blue who came 3rd overall and there were many ribbons earned by both teams. Thank you to Lucy Helliwell who organised the event.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

SKC staff victorious over Police at match



Waitaki Week has well and truly started at SKC.

The last major school sporting event for the term, Waitaki Week sees SKC sports teams battle it out against teams from Waitaki Girls High School and Waitaki Boys High School. It will culminate with the ultimate Rugby match, a Blood match between the SKC and WBHS 1st XV teams.

The week began, however, with an exciting game of volleyball between SKC Staff and members of the Oamaru Police, and SKC staff won 5-nil!
Good work team!


Las Vegas Ball 2018


St Kevin’s College turned on the glitz and glam for this years’ Senior Ball.

The years’ most anticipated event was held on Saturday, June 30 and staff and students were dressed to the nines.

The Ball Committee worked hard for well over a term to bring the theme, Las Vegas, to life. Every detail was accounted for, from the star draped photo booth, to the deck of cards waiting on tables for diners to arrive.
As always, the event began with a Ball Parade in the College auditorium. Almost an event in itself, the auditorium was packed with family and friends excited to see their loved ones walk the red carpet in all their splendour.
The event was, again, live streamed on the College You Tube page for those who couldn’t get last minute tickets. Thanks to Isaac Steel for organising this!
Following their grand entrance, the glamorous diners headed to the Dining Room, where they paused for more photos, enjoyed a sumptuous buffet from Pozzobons Catering and danced the night away.

Congratulations to the Ball Committee on an outstanding job organising the event! Special thanks to the Home & School committee and Ms Walshe for their support.

CLICK HERE for more photos of the event. A huge thank you to Mrs Sara Plunket and Mr Mike Lawrence for taking the photos.


Monday, July 2, 2018

Play the Game





Students in Dr Maret's Year 9 Religious Studies class have been designing board games as part of their class work.
The activity has been created to help show students have an an understanding of church history, in particular the story of the church's beginnings. In this picture, students are checking the pros and cons of their game design.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

This afternoon it was my pleasure to take some time out from preparations for the Ball and Waitaki Sports week to visit Mrs Gwen Dodds and present her with a College crest in appreciation for the many years of work she has given to St Kevin's and the College Foundation.
I was accompanied by long-serving members of the Foundation, Mr Baxter Smith and Mr David Findlay. Gwen was instrumental in the development of the first Girls' Hostel and was one of the establishing members of the Foundation. We wish Gwen every blessing as she retires from the Foundation Board of Management.

I am looking forward to meeting many of our parent community this Saturday evening at the ball parade. We wish the seniors all the best for a great and safe evening and look forward to viewing the photographs.

May God bless you all
Paul Olsen, Principal

Waka Ama on the Water

On Monday, Mr Haig took the Waka Ama group down to Karitane for a practical session on the water. Although the temperature was cold, students were fully engaged with the programme and had a tremendously inspiring afternoon.
Thank you to Suzi Flack and her team for the great work they are doing with our students.

NZQA announcement


New enrolment-based measure of NCEA attainment

NZQA and the Ministry of Education have announced some changes to the way NCEA and University Entrance attainment is reported. 

The changes provide a more precise picture of how attainment is reported. It will count all domestic students in years 11 to 13 aged less than 19 on 1 January, rather than taking a snapshot of students as at 1 July. It will also count up to three ethnicities students identify with, rather than limiting this to just one. 

As a result, NZQA is expecting most schools will see a change in their attainment rates. It is a statistical adjustment that doesn’t reflect school performance, teaching practice or an individual student’s results. 

“The key thing to remember is that whilst percentages for NCEA and University Entrance percentages may change, the amount of improvement in student attainment is similar and positive.” 

NZQA is consulting with schools in June and July on the way attainment is reported at a school level and will report back in September. The new measure will be used for reporting 2018 NCEA and University Entrance attainment statistics in January 2019.